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This is a presentation about best practices for teaching online college courses

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  • 1. Online Teaching Workflow
    • NotWork Slow

Teaching strategies, helpful tips & best practices forteaching online. Patrick Keough Presenter 2. Learned the Hard Way!

  • The tips and strategies Im sharing were learned by making lots of mistakes and learning from them.
  • Essentiallythis presentation is based on the realization that if I was going to teach online I had come up with aplan.

3. Develop Your Procedures

  • Create a relativelystandardizedset of online teaching procedures that work for you and your schedule!
  • Teaching online is very different from teaching in the traditional classroom environment what works in the class room does NOT necessary work online.

4. Hybrids vs. Total Online

  • Be Aware that teaching a hybrid course demands a different online teaching approach (methodology) than teaching a totally online class.One key difference is deciding what you will address (teach) in class and what you are going to have your students do during online portion of the hybrid course. Its all aboutbalance!

5. Course Design

  • Viable online course design start withpre-planningand conceptualizing HOW you are going to teach your course material in the online environment.
  • The moreorganizedyour instructional design plan is the less confusion, questions and problems you are going to have when you are actually teaching the class.
  • Visual Continuityis the KEY to good course design!
  • Pacingyour course content and packaging it in a clean and concise manner is helps you communicate to your students effectively.

6. Example of Packaging Course Content Develop avisually consistenthierarchy / format and stick with it throughout the course 7. Folder / Item Hierarchy works best with BB Package assignments, lectures, instructional media and course materials infoldersand distribute the content in a similar manner inside those folders. 8. Developing a good course design is only thefirst stepin effective online teaching workflow! 9. Designing a Good Online Course and Teaching it are two different things. Its imperative that you discipline yourself toschedule regular timeevery day to check-in to your online class or classes to see if there are any issues or questions that have to be addressed. 10. Be a Problem Solver Dont be afraid to problem solve technical issues and glitches with your CMS. The more you solve problems yourself the more intuitive you become the next time you have a technical issue to deal with.Contact IT as last resort. 11. Good File Management Saves YOU Time!!!! Creating anorganized file management systemfor your online courses is ahuge time saverand enables you to access information, course content, feedback and discussion posts quickly. 12. Work Smarter Not Harder!!! No need to constantly reinvent the wheel!Recycleyour assignment feedback, discussion responses, videos and course announcements! 13. Viable Time Saving Shortcuts Save every response that you make on the blackboard as a text or word document and place in a sub-folder in your online course folder. Create a Data Base! 14. Students Want Feedback! Global and/or Personal Announcement Page Ideal For Global Feedback 15. Personalized Feedback - Students Love it! It only takes a second to pop a graphic in the discussion board letting student know he/she did a good job on a particular db post. 16. Response Time Whether we like it our not quickresponse timeis a deal breaker with online classes especially in this internet facebook culture we find ourselves in. 17. You must consider your students expectations anddiverse learning styleswhenteaching in the online environment. 18. Grading Grading, Feedback and Response time all interrelate with online classes. Make sure you post a verydetailed grading policyto your BB. 19. Sample Grading Policy Make itvery specificand eliminate all gray area your grading parameters 20. Less Questions, Confusion and Headaches more Specific Course Expectations are... Less E-mails to answer to clarify what you are asking students to do - this is a time saver! 21. Expectations Your expectations for the students must becrystal clearthroughout the online course. 22. Discussion Board is Your Classroom You are themoderator / facilitator! 23. This is where your DB response data base comes in handy and can enable you tobe engagedyet not spend hours writing posts you have already written the semester before. Posting to students on DB doesnt have to be overly time consuming! 24. First Week of Semester Critical to Success of you online class This is when you want to be especiallyproactive!Initial Announcement should be welcoming and explain course expectations concisely 25. Icebreaker Make a concerted effort to respond back(welcome)each student personally to the class. May sound like a little thing BUT it says a lot to the students. This is also where you can personallyclarify (reinforce) your expectations. 26. Produce your own content or find content that is appropriate for your course andcomplimentsandreinforceswhat your students are learning. Video and Audio Content! This is a BIGGIEE in 2011!! 27. Invaluable Online Teaching Software, Resources and applications

  • Screenflow or Jingfor creating Screencasts
  • Imovie or Movie makerare great for editing quick video studio/lab demos.
  • Yuuguufor screen sharing - http://www.yuuguu.com
  • Create your Own Youtube or Vimeo Channelto store your instructional videos
  • Explore becoming anItunes U College
  • DownloadAudacityfor Editing Audio Podcasts
  • MasterMoodle and/or Blackboardor whatever LMS you have access to.
  • Skypeis great for online office hours!

28. Administrative Demands!

  • Developing online courses and teaching them effectively is only part of our duties in the data driven world of education we find ourselves in. Establishing aviable workflowgives us more time to address our administrative responsibilities.

29. Some Final Best Practice Tips! Best Practice 1: "Be Presentproactiveat the Course Site" Best Practice 2: Create a supportive online coursecommunity. Best Practice 3: Share a set of very clear expectations for your students and for yourself Best Practice 4: Use bothsynchronous and asynchronouslearning activities when possible.Best Practice 5: Early in the term -- about week 3, ask forinformal feedbackon "How is the course going?" Best Practice 6: Prepare Discussion Posts that Invite Questions, Discussions, Reflections and Responses Best Practice 7: Givetimely and viable feedback both globally and individually. Best Practice 8: Be flexible and willing to work with students that may be struggling with personal issues. Best Practice 9: Use avariety of assessment strategies (db, quizzes, essays, group work, exams) Best Practice 10: Make an effort to address a variety of learning styles(video, audio, graphics and text based) Bonus Tip! Let the students know thatYOU are part of theirlearning journey and be open to learn new things from them. 30. Online teaching doesnt have to be drudgery or overly time consuming if you develop a good (organized/effective)workflowand stay disciplined to stick toaroutineof checking on on your courses on a daily basis. 31. Some Examples and Q&A! [email_address] Download this Presentation @ http://keoughp.wordpress.com/